1. I am caring for a patient in ICU that has a blood clot in the left jugular vien. His platelets are 38,000.
    How does his platelet count relate to the blood clot?????

    Thanks for your input!!
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  3. by   deftonez188
    A blood clot with severe thrombocytopenia....good question. According to my reference, with a value below 50k platelets the patient is at definite risk of hemorrhaging.
  4. by   ghillbert
    HIT? Is the patient on heparin?

    With a consumptive coagulopathy - even though you have less platelets, what you do have are sticky.